Summer is here – and so are the “I’m bored!” comments from your kids! In this list of the best summer activities for kids we have compiled some different ways to keep your kids busy, occupied, and happy this summer.
Take a look through our suggestions – who knows, it may just save you from pulling your hair out this summer! And, for even more ideas, check out our best young adult books list as well as our best educational apps for kids list.
List of the Best Summer Activities for Kids
Why not make use of those spare Frisbees lying around the house and play some Frisbee games? Fun games to play with a Frisbee include Tic Tac Toe (use a sheet or large branches), hit the bulls eye, or Frisbee golf (many parks have great courses).
With not a whole lot of prep, you can provide hours of entertainment for your kids with an indoor or outdoor obstacle course. Martha Stewart provides a good obstacle course setup, but with a little creativity you can make your own unique course.
Summer Activity Bag
A summer activity bag is a customizable go-to bag full of things to do. For example, a child interested in crafts could make a bag full of craft supplies, a child interested in science could make an experiment bag, etc. Once the bags are made the statement, “I’m bored” can be answered with “Pull out your activity bag!”
On a hot day a good old fashioned sprinkler ‘party’ can be loads of fun, especially if there is no pool nearby. For even more fun add a slip and slide.
Camp in the Backyard
While camping out in the wilderness may not be realistic, a backyard campsite can be tons of fun. For an authentic experience try making s’mores over a fire pit, doing some stargazing, and catching some fireflies – and remember, if the ground gets too hard in the middle of the night your bed is just steps away.
Sidewalk Chalk Games
From four square to hopscotch there are a number of sidewalk chalk games that your kids can enjoy during the summer. The games can even be educational, as the No Time for Flash Cards blog demonstrates.
Summer Reading Tent
To make summer reading more enticing try making a summer reading tent – kids will love reading and playing in their own little hideout.
Drive-In Movie Cars
For a fun take on movie night, try a drive-in movie night where kids ‘drive-in’ in homemade box cars and ‘buy’ movie tickets and snacks with paper money. Kids will have fun designing and decorating their cars too.
Water Balloon Fight
What screams summer more than a water balloon fight? A water balloon fight is also a great summer activity for large groups of kids – include neighbor kids and you will be the coolest parent on the block.
From nursing homes to animal adoption agencies, there are plenty of places that kids can volunteer at. Teach your children at a young age that giving back is important and your children will learn a lesson that will serve them well the rest of their life
Best Summer Activities for Kids Conclusion
There is no need to stay cooped up inside all summer when there are so many other great options out there. Our goal with this list was to provide some great ideas that were going to inspire play, and in some cases also learning (shh, don’t tell your kids).
So start having fun with the ideas from this list of the best summer activities for kids, and then let us know how it went in the comments below!